Recognize these warning signs
While the appendix doesn't appear to have a real job in the body, it quickly becomes a concern when inflammation of the organ -- known as appendicitis -- sets in.
The Cleveland Clinic mentions these warning signs of appendicitis:
- Vomiting and nausea.
- Pain in the lower-right area of the abdomen that becomes worse when touched.
- Soreness just above the belly button that may extend to the lower-right area of the belly.
- Aforementioned pain that worsens when coughing, sneezing, moving around or taking a deep breath.
- Running a mild fever.
- Having diarrhea, constipation or being unable to pass gas.
- Loss of appetite.
- Abdominal swelling.
APPENDIX by Dictionary.com
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- a narrow, blind tube protruding from the cecum, having no known useful function, in humans being 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 cm) long and situated in the lower right-hand part of the abdomen. Also known as vermiform appendix.